GeoFocus Lecture Examines Changing Arctic

copyright Aker Arctic TechnologyLawson Brigham, Distinguished Professor of Geography and Arctic Policy, University of Alaska Fairbanks, will give the 2012 Edward Wilkommen GeoFocus Lecture on Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 6 p.m. in the American Geographical Society Library.

The title of his lecture is “The New Maritime Arctic: Global Connections and Changing Access.”

Before earning his MPhil and PhD from Cambridge University, Brigham was a Coast Guard officer for 25 years, and was captain of the polar icebreaker Polar Sea on expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctic.

He is a Councilor of the American Geographical Society and has served as a research fellow at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution; faculty member of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and Naval Postgraduate School; Deputy Director of the U.S. Arctic Research Commission; and Chair of the Arctic Council’s Arctic Marine Shipping Assessment.

His research interests include polar environmental change, marine policy and ocean security issues, satellite remote sensing of sea ice and permafrost, marine navigation systems, coastal oceanography, polar environmental management and sustainable use.

This is the fifth presentation of GeoFocus: The Edward Wilkommen Geology and Geography Lecture Series, sponsored by Wilkommen, a retired engineer and longtime AGS Library supporter.

The lecture is free and open to the public. A reception precedes the lecture at 5:30 p.m.

Dr. Brigham will also be offering a "brown bag lunch talk" on his polar adventures--"Crossing the Arctic Ocean for Science & Navigating to the Ends of the Global Ocean"--at noon on Wednesday, November 7 in the AGS Library.

The AGS Library is located on the third floor, east wing of the Golda Meir Library building. For more information or special needs, please call 414-229-6282.

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